Cunningham | Quill Architects is proud to announce that our Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship House project has received a 2015 North American Copper in Architecture Award from the Copper Development Association (CDA). The CDA is “the market development, engineering and information services arm of the copper industry, chartered to enhance and expand markets for copper in North America.” The award program’s goal is to identify those projects that display great success in blending the various elements of copper use on a particular building: design, installation and innovation.
For the Fellowship House, flat-seam copper paneling was chosen for the smaller-scaled residential and roof top additions for several reasons. First was copper’s historical association with residential architectural forms. The building is sited in historic Georgetown in Washington, DC where the use of traditional materials eases the building gently into its context. Copper brings an intimate, hand-crafted feel to what had previously been an unremarkable 1950’s office building, tailoring it to its setting. In addition, the small residential bays of the addition recall the scale and precedent of townhomes lining the adjacent residential streets.
The detailing of the project relies on time-tested details in a way that achieves a taut modern sensibility. In all cases, the detailing highlights the simplicity of the orthogonal volumes and relies on the beauty of craftsmanship and the material’s interplay with light for much of its richness.
Copper was also very attractive because of its tremendous longevity and durability. As a certified LEED Gold project, the decision to select copper cladding reinforced the mission of a long-lasting and sustainably responsible building. Click HERE for more project photos and information.